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Ruffles for Work

Black Blazer

I love me some ruffles. Especially when wearing a suit, they are a nice feminine touch that softens the outfit’s strong lines. I don’t consider myself a girlie-girl (pink is practically an untouchable in my opinion), but I find myself unable to resist the pull of ruffles on the racks at the store. Ruffled skirts, shirts, dresses, shoes – they all need to be touched and investigated. So when I unwrapped this shirt last Christmas, you can imagine the pleased look on my face. Nice shopping, dear aunt!

Ruffles

Ruffles

Cute and playful, right? But still professional. The ruffles fill up the blazer so nicely. Now, I probably shouldn’t bring this up, but I made a little fashion faux-pas with this outfit… the blacks don’t match perfectly. The skirt and blazer were bought separately, are from different brands and are aging at different rates. If you look closely, you can tell that the skirt is a slightly lighter black than the blazer (it is about a year older). Of course, I could blame this all on tricks of the lighting, but… honesty is the best policy.

Happy Monday to all!

Ruffles

Meredith’s Look:

Shirt: Gap, a gift from my aunt

Skirt: Banana Republic, $40

Blazer: Zara, $70

Shoes: Cole Haan, $70

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Green Blouse on a Red Bench

Green Blouse

This is probably my favorite shade of green. It’s such a warm hue and it matches my pale and redheaded coloring well. Plus, ever since the end of high school, I’ve switched from mostly silver jewelry to a stronger gold collection, and this green is just meant to be worn with gold.

Lindsay mentioned her tights earlier this week, and like her, I have also had to make the transition back into wearing them to work. You just can’t survive the fall and winter commute without them. Of course, this can drastically (that’s a strong word… ) change your look because you’ve got another fabric and color to integrate. At first I was unsure as to whether I liked these black tights with my camel heels because the contrast makes the shoes POP in a way I’m not accustomed to, but I decided in the end that I liked how all of the colors came together.

Interested in discussing tights and how to wear them? Check back on Friday!

Red Bench

Green Blouse

Hmmm. Maybe should have titled this post “Look Right.”

Green Blouse Gold Buttons

So here’s the sad part: this shirt died! Photos were taken and then RRRRRRIP: one shoulder got a huge tear. My favorite green is gone, but at least I was able to save the buttons. They are just so cute and shiny, I bet I could find another green blouse as a new home for these buttons. It’s a shame to lose the tuxedo folds and the ruffle sleeves, but this is a hardship I’m confident I will eventually overcome.

Green Blouse

Meredith’s Look:

Shirt: Banana Republic, $25 (but that’s a guess)

Skirt: Banana Republic, $60

Shoes: Aldo, $50

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The Gentleman: At Leisure

Talking Argyle Socks

Men have far fewer ways to express individual style than women do. After all, most of what a man wears is some variation of a shirt and pants. The Gentleman always looks for ways to stand out from the crowd, and this season he is having a lot of fun with argyle socks.

Socks are one of those articles of clothing that are often overlooked. Truth be told, this gentleman enjoys the summer months, from May to September, when he can confidently go out in public sans socks. In an effort to get more enthusiastic about this article of clothing, this fall I’m trying to experiment more with brighter and more diverse socks.

In a business environment, socks should always match the color of your trousers. They can be a shade or two off, but they should be the same color. However, for business casual days or the weekends, a gentleman can get more creative.

Argyle is one of my favorite patterns for the fall. It’s a pattern that is traditional and distinguished but also bold and fun. I love wearing argyle sweaters and scarves. Unfortunately, in New Orleans it’s still far too warm for those articles of clothing. Socks, however, seem like the perfect place to show off the pattern.

Banana Republic has a decent pair of argyle socks:

Argyle Socks

Last year they had a greater diversity of argyle prints which were a bit bolder than the rather drab offerings this year.

Argyle Socks

J.Crew has a better selection of argyle socks in the $14.50 price range and they become a lot cheaper in multiples. Their selection of argyle socks is solid but not as exciting as I would have hoped. After a bit more research, The Gentleman discovered this fantastic (and whimsically named) mega-website for socks with many excellent items: The Joy of Socks.

I’m especially partial to this pair:

Argyle Sock

I could see this exciting pattern going well with everything from wool trousers to blue jeans.

Here’s another excellent, and slightly more traditional, pair of argyle socks:

Argyle Sock

I plan to buy both of these and show them off this fall. If you know of a good place to buy socks, argyle or otherwise, feel free to let me know in the comments! Next week: The Gentleman has his tweed sport coat back from the tailor and will show off the fit…

Argyle

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Sleek Blouse and Statement Necklace

Statement Necklace

Elegant. That’s how a shiny new black button-down and a statement necklace can make one feel. Black is sleek and a fantastic necklace gives any outfit a little extra punch. This specific button-down is one of the non-iron shirts that Banana has been advertising for several seasons now, and when I finally tried one on and found that it actually fit quite nicely, I decided to add it to my closet. It was a good choice! Now I just have to wait and see if this non-iron claim is for real. I am a lazy dresser and never remember to iron before going to bed, so as I stumble around in the morning getting ready for work, the last thing I want to do is pull out the ironing board to make my shirt presentable for the office.

Statement Necklace

Statement Necklace

Fabulous, right? There aren’t a lot of colors, but the intricate pattern and loose chain make for quite the eye-catching piece. I love the way it looks peaking out from the collar of the button-down, and I think that it could also work above the shirt when completely buttoned up. Next time!

Statement Necklace

Meredith’s Look:

Shirt: Banana Republic, $45

Skirt: Banana Republic, $45

Necklace: c/o JUWLZ New York

Shoes: Steve Madden, $60

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Brown Button-Down

I “wore the pants” just two weeks ago, and here’s another pair! They’ve been featured on the site in the past, however, they do not get nearly as much airtime as my favorite skirts. I’m not sure what it is, maybe the change in seasons or the fact that all of my stockings and nylons from last winter are full of holes and falling apart, but I’ve been reaching for my pants of late as I’m getting ready for work.

Despite wanting to wear pants, I can’t say that I love any of my trousers as much as my skirts. They simply don’t fit as well. Besides the issue of length (not many companies make trousers quite long enough for me…), I’m struggling to find a cut that is flattering at the waist, through the leg and at the heel. I’m going to do some serious research on this topic soon, so any suggestions to start me off?

Pop – pop – pop that collar!

Like the pants that were hiding in the back of my closet, I am currently rediscovering my button-down shirts. There’s a reason they are considered a classic – they are flattering and make any any office outfit look professional. The only issue is finding one that fits you just right. My problem is finding one that is long enough and also still relatively fitted. The one I’m wearing here has aged well, is a versatile brown and is long enough to tuck into most skirts and trousers. The popped collar doesn’t come out at work, but it’s a great way to show off the necklace.

I’m usually a proponent of tucking shirts in, but this one has a nice hemline for leaving untucked. It gives the outfit more of a casual look overall, but not one that wouldn’t pass at the office. Plus, you don’t have to worry about keep your shirt tucked neatly into your pants all day (a huge plus). You are almost guaranteed to be just a little bit more comfortable.

Meredith’s Look:

Shirt: Banana Republic, price completely forgotten!

Pants: Banana Republic, $45

Shoes: Target, $20

Necklace: Branche Jewelry Design

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Commuting Shoes

Perhaps I’m not as smiley pre-caffination on a weekday morning, but this is an otherwise accurate representation of how I look on my way to work. You’ll notice I’m not wearing my stilettos yet, and that’s because I commute in different shoes to save my feet and and my heels. For one, I live in Cobble Hill, an area of Brooklyn clearly famous for it’s stony sidewalks. My heels would be ruined if I walked to the subway in them day after day. And because I’m not one of those super human women, I can only wear heels for a certain number of hours in a day. If I’m at work for a full day, that means at least 8 hours in heels. That sounds like a lot, but it’s not so bad when most of my time is spent sitting or walking short distances on a carpeted floor.

This little button was one of Meredith’s favorite details about my outfit. She thought it looked more like a cufflink than a button, which is kind of cute on a short sleeved button down. This is admittedly not something I wear very often to work, but I quite like the combination of lavender and tan.

I’ve been working so much as of late, I’ve gotten pretty lax about my hair. The first time I wore a messy bun to the office was after pulling an all-nighter. I thought it was a risky hairstyle because it’s not “corporate,” but to my surprise, I received (and continue to receive) many compliments on it! So, for now, this is my go-to simple style.

Lindsay’s Look:

Necklace: H&M, $14

Frye Boots: Bloomingdales, $250

Pumps: Nine West, $25

Blouse: Ann Taylor, $45

Skirt: Banana Republic, $50 (on sale)

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She Wears the Pants

Meredith Duncan Cubicle Chic

Pants don’t turn up very often on Cubicle Chic. It’s not that we don’t like pants (I love a good pair of jeans), but when it comes to putting together my office wardrobe, it seems to be so much harder to find pants that fit – skirts are just much simpler. With pants I have to worry about length, their fit at the hips and waist, the way they fall and what shoes will look good with them. Skirts are easier because length isn’t as much of an issue and they tend to sit more snugly at the waist. I’m not sure why this is, but I’m not complaining!

Meredith Duncan Cubicle Chic

Meredith Duncan Cubicle Chic

I love the crisp line right down the center of each leg! I think it satisfies my type A tendencies to see something so straight and perfect. However, even after just sitting in the subway during my commute, these perfect lines are criss-crossed with the worst of lines… wrinkles! The pants go from snappy to a little shlumpy, but this is one of the basic issues with linen. The fabric is probably better suited for casual pants, but the wrinkles don’t seem so bad when it means I get to stay a little cooler on a muggy summer day.

Meredith Duncan Cubicle Chic

New shoes! I got them at Aldo on sale and they are a great shoe for work. They match a lot of my wardrobe and they are comfortable enough. After my first day of wearing them I realized that they are a tad too tight, but I’m sure they will stretch out a little bit over time. Honestly, I think Aldo does their conversion from European sizing to American sizing wrong. I wear a size 10 and the sales clerk brought out a 40 – I couldn’t even fit my foot in the shoe! Has anyone else had issues with Aldo’s shoe sizes?

Meredith Duncan Cubicle Chic

Meredith Duncan Cubicle Chic

Meredith’s Look:

Shirt: Banana Republic, $35

Pants: Zara, $30

Shoes: Aldo, $50

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